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What If I Suspect My Parent In A Nursing Home Is Getting The Wrong Medications?

A recent study by The Journal of The American Geriatrics Society found that 75% of nursing home residents had been subject to at least one potential medication error. Senior citizens are living longer with the help of prescription medications, often taking five or more drugs per day. But the possibility of being prescribed inappropriate meds rises as the quantity of prescriptions increases. And Read More >>

The Most Poorly Rated Nursing Homes in the United States – LTCCC Alert

August 21, 2019 – Approximately half of all seniors will need nursing home care at some point. Despite this significant need, and the vulnerability of most nursing home residents, serious problems are widespread and persistent, including inadequate staffing, substandard care, abuse, and neglect. To help the public gain insights into the quality and safety of facilities in their communities, LTCCC Read More >>

Shocking Video of Nursing Home Employees Abusing Elderly Dementia Patient: New York Post

Two nursing home employees were fired from a Chicago facility for posting a disturbing video on Snapchat that showed them abusing 91 year-old Margaret Collins, a patient with dementia, according to a New York Post story on a CBS Chicago TV report. The pair, subsequently arrested, filmed themselves taunting the resident about her dislike for hospital gowns.  Collins’ family is now suing the Read More >>

Bedsores: An Early Sign of Elder Abuse in a Nursing Home

Families of nursing home residents beware: A recent federal study found that incidents of abuse in nursing home abuse doubled from 2013 to 2017. The Government Accountability Office analyzed sample data from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which ensures federal quality standards in nursing homes. The agency found that “abuse deficiencies” increased 103% from 430 incidents Read More >>

John Dalli Advises Families on Selecting Home Health Care Aides: Mineola American

As the number of aging adults increases rapidly, many families are turning to home health care aides to allow older parents to stay in their own residences instead of moving to nursing homes. But how do you select an aide that will provide the necessary quality care? John Dalli of Dalli & Marino, LLP wrote the attached column in the Mineola American about navigating this issue amidst a Read More >>

New Study: Alarming Staffing Gaps For Registered Nurses at Nursing Homes Increases Potential for Neglect and Medication Errors for Residents

A new study has found that an astounding 75% of the nation’s nursing homes fall short on registered nurse (RN) staffing, making residents more vulnerable to neglectful and potentially harmful situations such as medication errors. According to McKnight’s Long Term Care News, researchers from Harvard and Vanderbilt medical schools examined payroll records from 15,399 skilled nursing facilities. Read More >>

What You Should Know About World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15

  World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Saturday, June 15.  But recent data about abuse and senior citizens reveals a growing problem that should have our attention each day. At least one in 10 Americans above the age of 60 has experienced some type of abuse according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The same agency reports an alarming +53% increase in non-fatal assaults Read More >>

FIND OUT HOW THE FED RATES NURSING HOMES IN YOUR AREA – CMS.ORG

You now have greater access to information and reviews that help you compare nursing homes in your community, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Its press release “CMS Improving Nursing Home Compare in April 2019” announces upgrades to its online tool “Nursing Home Compare” which offers these valuable insights via its Five-Star Quality Rating System. Nursing Home Read More >>

“MY DAD DIED AT THEIR HANDS: WWII VET FATALLY INJURED AT VA NURSING HOME” – USA TODAY

The Veterans Administration continues to struggle with caring for its nursing home residents according to USA TODAY’s Donovan Slack who wrote the story “My Dad Died At Their Hands: WWII Vet Fatally Injured at VA Nursing Home.” 91-year-old James “Milt” Ferguson, a World War II veteran residing at an Iowa VA home for less than a month, ultimately died from a head injury caused by a fall while Read More >>

Feds Update Nursing Home Ratings: See Long Island’s Grades – Patch Long Island

An article in the May 15, edition of Patch (Riverhead Local News), by staff writer, Michael Woyton, was entitled, "Feds Update Nursing Home Ratings: See Long Island's Grades". According to the article: "The federal government has given 24 nursing homes on Long Island a five-star rating after tweaking the way it assesses thousands of nursing homes nationwide. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Read More >>